What's buzzing:

Shutdown Corner

Texans punt returner gets run down and tackled by the punter

Frank Schwab
Shutdown Corner

Returners often get a hard time when the punter tackles them on the way to the end zone.

Those plays are almost always the same. The returner has just the punter to beat, tries to put on a move, the punter guesses right and happens to get in the returner's way enough to get a tackle. You almost never, ever see a punter get beat, recover, and run down the returner to prevent a touchdown.

[Also: Cincinnati's A.J. Green delivers catch of the year candidate]

That is why the Texans may never let Keshawn Martin live down what happened on Sunday. He had Jacksonville punter Bryan Anger beat, and he let the punter chase him down from behind.

Martin had nothing but green grass in front of him after he got the corner on Anger. Martin passed Anger at about midfield. And Anger turned on the jets and caught Martin from behind, clipping his feet at about the 25. Martin probably turned around wondering what defensive back chased him down, and may have wanted to avoid going to the Texans' sideline after seeing he got caught from behind by the punter. His shame had to grow when Matt Schaub threw an interception two plays later.

[Also: Man's obit claims 'heartbreaking disappointment' caused by Chiefs]

Anger, who is having a very good rookie season, is best known for being shockingly drafted in the third round of this year's draft. Anger went five picks before Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, which is one of the most indefensible picks in draft history considering the Jaguars employ the hapless Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. But on one play, Anger did something you won't see very often in the NFL.

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Y! Health: Man loses 27 pounds eating junk food
Auburn fans plea for help from President Obama
Mariners building monster scoreboard to rival Jerry World
Ex-WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw arrested for violent rampage | Photos

View Comments (815)
  • Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince

    Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince

    In soccer, the only certain winner seems to be Sepp Blatter. Three men were vying to stop Blatter from winning a fifth term, but only one will now be on the ballot next Friday: Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan. Luis Figo had been the only … More »

    AP - Sports - 15 minutes ago
  • Mike Babcock thanks Red Wings fans with Detroit newspaper ad

    Mike Babcock thanks Red Wings fans with Detroit newspaper ad

    Babcock and his family took out an ad on Page 6B of the Detroit Free Press on Friday, featuring a photo of the Babcocks hoisting the Stanley Cup and what appars to be a photo of an Easter Island statue. … More »

    Puck Daddy - 16 minutes ago
  • Monster draw for Nadal in Paris, Djokovic looms in quarters

    Monster draw for Nadal in Paris, Djokovic looms in quarters

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal could face world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the French Open after Friday's draw handed him the toughest of routes to a possible 10th title. The Spaniard, seeded sixth after a … More »

    Reuters - 22 minutes ago
  • I won't give medal away this time, says Mourinho

    I won't give medal away this time, says Mourinho

    By Michael Hann LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho will receive a third Premier League winners' medal on Sunday but the Chelsea manager is not feeling so charitable this time -- meaning no surprise souvenir for a lucky fan at Stamford Bridge. After … More »

    Reuters - 57 minutes ago
  • Formula One faces call to end alcohol sponsorship

    By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - Formula One was accused of sending out a mixed message on alcohol at the Monaco Grand Prix on Friday by giving extensive publicity to drinks brands while campaigning for road safety. A report, published by … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 0 minutes ago